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  1. 16 points
    Let me get this message out there for all members of the forums. Happy New Year 🎆. Enjoy your hobby but remember to “ Be Safe “ at all times . Here’s hoping 2021 will be better than 2020. Carry on.
  2. 12 points
    Just want to throw something out there. Train crews are qualified to operate any/all revenue equipment within their subdivision. If R46's were to be assigned to the those crews are qualified to operate it in revenue service. As far as the R179's there's no separate qualification for those either. In the TA's eyes if you're qualified to operate an R160, then you're qualified to operate an R179.
  3. 11 points
    Cool, so it saves me having to figure out how to ban you from a mobile device for dupe accounts.
  4. 11 points
    Trying to give a new poster a chance to abandon Reddit and Twitter “Forever Alone” tendencies and become a contributing member before the banhammer gets swung.
  5. 11 points
    Before I became a train op myself, I asked that question in this very forum too. Now having worked down here, I can understand why there is a pay differential. Now, before I continue, I want to make something clear: I'm not interested in jumping too deep into the who should be paid more argument. It's anti-working class in the long run. But there's something you guys have to understand: yes, the conductor is in charge of the train (when assigned to revenue service), but the train operator has FAR more responsibilities. Conductors rarely have to come out during put ins. I've often had jobs where the conductor was just chilling at the terminal while I had to go out and inspect that train from top to bottom, from shunts and shoe beam assemblies to BCO's and end door locks. Not to mention ensuring the train is secure from defects, making sure the brakes work at each end, and it's not derailed or damaged from prior use. That in itself is time consuming, and can be tiring. And on jobs where I've had conductors accompany me on put ins, all they do is pop the doors-I still have to do the rest. Now, the following isn't indicative of all or most conductors, but I've had some partners who've slept in between stations. If I, as the train operator, do that, it's clearly an entirely different story. I constantly have to make sure I have proper lineups at interlockings, there are no track obstructions or people on or near the roadbed. And when we have WAA at the end of our jobs, it isn't entirely uncommon for conductors to just have to change train signs or do platform control. I was reminded of that one day, when after working the N line, my partner hung out at the terminal on his WAA. Meanwhile, for mine I had to not only lay up the train at Coney Island Yard, but wash it beforehand, bring it into the spur track, call in a defect I noticed on the last car, change ends, lay up, said train, collect all train numbers, properly secure the train, and do a safety test, then walk back to the yard master to sign out. Though I enjoy doing yard work, mind you, this was on my Friday, late, and pushed my clear time by almost an hour. And btw, train ops have some responsibility for conductors too. If I'm arriving at a terminal and deactivate the enabling system and my partner opens on the wrong side, I'm getting in huge trouble as well. That all being said, conductors DO have a hard job themselves. They deal with a lot of crap in the middle. But upfront it's a whole different ball game.
  6. 10 points
    4060-4064 under construction:
  7. 9 points
    You mean, the "take one & use it for everything else except for its intended purpose" era on buses?
  8. 9 points
    As a motorist, I have to agree with dude in the video in question... These e-bikes are getting way out of hand.... Makes you hesitant sometimes with even wanting to drive, no matter how defensively you drive.... I have to hold myself back from shuddering when a bicycle, e-bike, or motorcycle is operating directly parallel to me... I've been nicked by several of them (e-bikes) just walking around in my own neighborhood here.... Oh, but if I'm stopped at a red light and some bike/e-bike loses control & slams into me, I'm automatically the bad guy because I'm behind a licensed motor vehicle - even though the speed on my digital damn speedometer reads Zero.... Folks are quick to point out a bad driver (and rightfully so), but there is this certain taboo when it comes to speaking out against bicyclists that, quite frankly, do what the f*** they want on the roads and on the sidewalks.... You may laugh or scoff, but I would not be at all surprised if it ever comes to a point where bike lanes will end up being painted on the SIDEWALK..... Speaking of which, something else that I've always found troubling about what he (guy in the video) raises, is the MTA's vilification of it's own employees.... I could never work somewhere where no matter WTF I do (or don't do), I'm put under the microscope as the culprit or perpetrator in some incident.... Godspeed to you all.
  9. 9 points
    Umm.... Someone made a comment regarding this notice (w/ the NYCT Subway reply).
  10. 8 points
    Images from the camera presented to this year, 2021. Enjoy! With extras
  11. 8 points
    ATP basically corresponds to what they used to call "cab signaling", where your r/y/g is on a screen, in a round dial, with your speed shown via the actual dial, and you have to try to keep it in the green. It's actually more work than WSP (the conventional signal system), because you have to pay attention to this screen in addition to the roadway. When I'm seeing is that the policy is to just turn the ATO off regularly on the outdoor portions of the line (which on the (7) is almost the entire line!) due to the work gangs, and those tend to be the hardest areas for manual operation, because of the grades and curves, with sudden speed limit drops. (Another term I had never heard until qualifying is "Movement Authority Limit", which is basically what was known as the "moving block" —as opposed to the old "fixed block", for the area ahead that CBTC control has been granted to each train approaching. That's when you see the signals start to flash green.
  12. 7 points
    And you're going to put the 120ish trains you just took out of service where, exactly? Politics aside, the fact of the matter is that NYCT was not _designed_ to be closed overnight. Doing so would mean an immense number of mainline layups, whose placement would entail significant disruptions to evening service and cost. I actually doubt that an overnight closure would actually net out to less $$$ than running service.
  13. 7 points
    I'm just thinking about all the folks who cooperated with an investigation and did nothing wrong, made an honest mistake, or were victims of circumstance who lost jobs or got convicted. Especially those who've been exonerated after wrongful convictions after "cooperating". Any good lawyer or union rep/steward will tell you do only what's legally or contractually required at the end of the prescribed timeframe so the established facts are based on the investigation of the incident and assumptions about you and not based on the investigation of your facts and the incident. Because assumptions can be and are wrong. It's like an HR friend told me at my first post-college job: HR and investigators are there to protect the company and not to protect you.
  14. 7 points
    Thank you for your counsel, Father Time. We're allowed to look at what happened and wonder. It's a pretty crazy scene. Nobody is running to the press or claiming anything as fact.
  15. 7 points
    This. See below. ...and they're giving him more credit than he deserves by doing so.... @Future ENY OP is spot on here. Can't expect much coherency from a dude that can't muster the correct spelling of a subway station he chose for a forum handle....
  16. 7 points
    For many, COVID was the tipping point. Also, for as much as de Blasio is to blame for the current homelessness crisis, it certainly wasn't singlehandedly because of anything he did. For as long as I've been alive (and probably longer, considering that Reagan was in office during most of the 1980s and he clearly had substantial influence, given the fact that Rudy Giuliani somehow became mayor the year before I was born), we've had underlying issues that were not being addressed. All COVID did was amplify the failures of our current systems.
  17. 7 points
  18. 7 points
    The way we were taught by our instructors is somewhat different than the later RTO folks did it. We were issued 2 brown books on day 1 and told to read them daily because we were tested on them. The books were the " R10 and up book " and the Bible,the Rule book. The former dealt with the rolling stock, characteristics and overcoming malfunctions. The Rule Book covered everything. Job titles and the responsibilities associated with each one. From the Chief Trainmaster, Desk Trainmasters, Zone Trainmasters, Motorman Instructors and down to the Conductor that railfans see on the subways. We were taught about the Conductor titles and how they came about. Most people have seen the old time western movies. Remember that guy with the pocket watch ? The one who says " All aboard " at the station when it's time to move the train. The guy who deals with the station agent and gets his instruction via the telegraph? That's a railroad Conductor in charge. Back then the engineer just moved the train when the Conductor gave the order. The subway Conductor has/had similar duties over my time in RTO. When I worked on work trains we always had a conductor or two on board. They dealt with the contractors and the Command Center before we left the yard and when we arrived at the work site. That's the Conductor in charge title back then. The Conductor on passenger subway opens and closes the doors enroute and signals the M/M , T/O when permission is given to leave the terminal. He/she is also responsible for keeping the train on schedule ( as much as possible). I was verbally warned by a motor instructor and my dispatcher at Lenox Terminal because every Sunday night my motorman and I were 8-9 minutes early coming n/b from Flatbush on the (3). As the Conductor it was my responsibility. Not many people know that the Conductor collected fares on the Dyre Avenue line between Dyre and East 180th or that the Myrtle Avenue El Conductor did the same between Sumner Avenue and Bridge Street when the token booths were closed late nights and overnights. Again that's the Conductor in charge concept. Confused yet ? Trains had brackets for portable radios in the motorman's cab but not in the conductors position. Kinda hard being in charge when the motorman or anyone with a scanner is more connected than the person in the middle. The railroad comparison doesn't really fit because the job duties aren't really the same. I've been on a LIRR train where the Conductor had to arrange bus transportation because our leader had an accident with a car an hour earlier. He kept me with him the whole time. Not gonna happen in NYCTA. It's not the same Conductor job. My take. Carry on.
  19. 7 points
    Well, I'll go into it in some detail since this is all public information via the suppliers. You have three fundamental functions of CBTC: Automatic Train Protection (ATP): speed regulation and collision fail-safes, hazard avoidance Automatic Train Operation (ATO): automatic station stops, all features of ATP + door control Automatic Train Supervision (ATS): systemwide train management ATO is the general goal for operations within the system. ATP is the first step on the way. A subset of ATP is ATPM or Automatic Train Protection – Manual. In APTM, a T/O controls brakes and propulsion, but speed and direction are regulated by the computer (the VC - Vehicle Controller). It's an in-between function of CBTC that I would assume is being tested along the QBL before full ATO takes over. ATP helps in that it provides limited protection even to non-CBTC enabled fleets on the same trackways, though the TA doesn't really mix stock once a fleet is converted. CBTC's ATPM mode is essentially a version of what the Feds describe as Positive Train Control. PTC for the railroads means cab signaling and speed/hazard regulation, which is what ATP achieves. A variety of different contractors offer a version of this system.
  20. 7 points
    There has been one too many times where I've seen cyclists ride out into busy intersections where they DON'T have the light and nothing gets done about it! I've seen cars stop short of hitting, I've had to re-direct my bus pulling into far-side stops to account for someone who decided to ignore the red. Not sure as to what exactly happened yesterday evening but from where the bike and the bus ended up at I am fairly certain someone most likely lost control of their bicycle.
  21. 7 points
    It will soon be time to get your pics and vids of the 3000s and the 4300s while you can, 1302-1304 are in New Jersey.
  22. 6 points
    Those XN60 buses are pretty solidly built. I actually prefer them over the 40-footers we have at Gleason.
  23. 6 points
    Sure. Send $500 cash upfront for a premium sub to 7/11's admin duties. Times rough out here.
  24. 6 points
    You make yourself obvious doing stupid bs like this just saying.
  25. 6 points
    So, trying to turn a (bad) troll into a contributing member.... Got it. Couple others have tried before you & quite frankly, failed.... Look at the nature of dude's responses in this thread after having been asked similar questions.... Tells you all you need to know.... Dude aint here for the discussion.
  26. 6 points
    Random thoughts go here. Cleanup on aisle three!
  27. 6 points
    I too would love more weekend service, but with current flagging and junction operation practices it's ~impossible to regularly schedule more than 15-16 tph (B div) or 17-18tph (A div) per trunk on weekends. Whenever it is that we make some progress on those fronts, I would first bump frequencies on existing services rather than add more. Two infrequent services doing slightly different things is, generally, less helpful from a network perspective than a single, high-qual service.
  28. 6 points
    Then run the on weekends. The last thing we need to be doing is implementing more branches, especially when said branches would be day-specific.
  29. 6 points
    CBTC In effect(ATPM Mode only) starting Monday 0500 hrs from Court Square to 50th and 8th ave on the Echo and 47th-50th street on the Mikey Both Directions...
  30. 6 points
    1300, 1302, 1303 and 1304 are in Secaucus. No fareboxes, OMNY or radio installed yet with MTA Bus decals
  31. 6 points
    I was about to comment on the issue. Bikes, especially lately, have been unbelievably reckless and put other drivers and bus operators in danger simply because they can't follow the rules of the road. Just yesterday, a bike cut off an M15-SBS out of nowhere and had the bus driver not seen it in time, he would've hit the bike. Its becoming an issue and it needs to be addressed, NOW. Why are we spending all this $$$$ to create bike lanes only for bikes not to use them???
  32. 5 points
    Update on deliveries according to this month's board meeting: Officially listed in development (from 2015-19): 45 40 ft all-electric buses (for NYCT) 25 40 ft clean Diesel buses (for MTA Bus) Unlisted (developing) orders (all for NYCT): 23 option Coaches 84 option New Flyer 40 ft Hybrid buses 139 option New Flyer 40 ft clean Diesel buses Current orders (2020-21): 257 Prevost X3-45 coaches (MTA Bus): In service evaluation complete; production is underway Replacing Bronx and Queens Coaches Delivery expected to be completed by March 2022; delayed from February 2022 50 Prevost X3-45 coaches (NYCT): Production is underway Replacing Staten Island coaches Delivery expected to be completed by April 2022; delayed from March 2022 165 40 ft Nova Hybrid (NYCT): In service evaluation complete; production is expected to be underway with notice to proceed issued December 2020 Replacing Bronx and Manhattan 40 ft units Delivery expected to be completed by August 2021; delayed from April 2021 126 Option 40 ft Nova Hybrid (NYCT): Official production is expected by February 2021 Replacing Bronx and Manhattan 40 ft units Delivery expected to be completed by September 2021; delayed from July 2021 110 40 ft New Flyer Hybrid (NYCT): In the pilot phase with 2 buses (9510/9560) Replacing Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan 40 ft units Delivery expected to be completed by November 2021; delayed from October 2021 209 40 ft Nova Diesel (NYCT): Production of the pilot bus is underway Replacing Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island 40 ft units Delivery expected to be completed by February 2022; delayed from December 2021
  33. 5 points
    All those buses have been retired for more than two weeks.
  34. 5 points
    Yet the link wasn’t so hard for you this morning - after your brother’s “let me speak” posts weren’t approved by us... @SevenEleven, might wanna figure out how to ban via mobile. @B35 via Church you were right.
  35. 5 points
    Not the reason. Gun Hill is short. A significant number of their artics are at the Secaucus facility for work, with some others at Zerega also for work.
  36. 5 points
    Well I hope everyone enjoys 12/16/2020 12/18/2020 12/19/2020 12/31/2020. This was actually the last train I rode for the year which was a Local northbound with my favorite R68 Car #2500 which I wasn't expecting lol aniel's World
  37. 5 points
    Speak to us again once you report all of the buses on a weekday rush hour failing to arrive within one minute of their scheduled arrival time at each stop.
  38. 5 points
    Kit Kat's > Hershey's anyway. Seriously speaking though, among many other things, it is this type of increasingly nitpicky attitude from passengers that has had b/o's over the years being/becoming less sociable.... I remember when there was a certain rapport between b/o's & passengers (especially during the PBL days) that was FAR more cordial.... I would never engage in it, but it was good to see from others - and this is coming from the introverted asocialite here. Although dude didn't take any pictures & was just stating an observation, quite frankly I'm just sick & tired of the whole "Gotcha!" candid camera shit overall (which is how his post came across as being conveyed like).....
  39. 5 points
    I know this is the Random Thoughts Thread, but boy what a who cares post that was.
  40. 5 points
    Isn't the move from Jamaica to Coney Island a transfer of necessity over anything else? The 46s can't run on Queens Blvd once CBTC is fully activated there and we can't wait five years for a sufficient amount of 211s to be pressed into active service before switching over to the new signaling system. It's the same reason why the 6 now uses the older 62As instead of the 142As that used to hold down the Pelham line. As for the diminishing performance levels on the 46s, and forgive me for making the obvious point, but the trains are 45 years old and it's quite expected that they will start to break down more frequently than they did in years prior. After a certain point, there's only so much preventative maintenance that can be done before it's time for the trains to be simply replaced. Even the replacement electronic signs are nearly 30 years old at this point. I seriously doubt Luminator expected those signs to still be in use longer than most of us have been on this Earth. Hell, even the signs on the newer 142s are starting to fail at this point. They're all up for replacement, but no one's obviously going to spend money to replace signs on trains that won't be around in a few years hopefully. And even if they did want to replace them, they'd likely have to replace all of the surrounding components because the system is so old and outdated at this point. Circling back to the cars themselves, it doesn't help that the 46s are now the backbone of several primary lines and have been so since the transition from Jamaica. They are currently the primary fleet of the A, C, N and Q lines, whereas before, it was only the A and R, while providing secondary support for the F whenever needed. Of course, as mentioned above, it can't be avoided unless Transit delays implementation of Queens Blvd CBTC until the arrival of the 211s. And to offer a rebuttal to the oft-mentioned suggestion here, the 32s are not the silver bullet some of the folks here like to pretend they are. The 32s were retired because they are consistently even worse performers than the other aging fleets in active service. The 32s have averaged 35K miles between failure for years now, whereas the 46s have only recently dropped below 60K MDBF. In my opinion, that's not bad for trains from 1975. That doesn't include the accommodations that need to be made for the 32s to even run these days. If by some miracle the 32s were pressed back into active service, they're pretty much limited to the Jamaica line or their HVAC starts overheating and they get taken out of service. Isn't that why the 160s were temporarily placed onto the A and C lines when the 179s were taken out of service last summer? Right now, all we can really do is wish for the best and hope there are no further delays in receiving those new trains. There are ways to avoid putting unnecessary strain on these aging cars, like putting them on the secondary routes like the B. The problem in that lies in the fact there aren't enough applicable secondary routes to avoid having the cars continue to mainline full-time routes like the A, C and Q. It'd be better than the current operations though.
  41. 5 points
    The bus in question were listed as Grand Avenue OWN bus on their own roster, hence why they were mentioned to be there. If they were at the base shops, they wouldn't be on Grand Avenue's in-service roster like every C40LF and Nova that shows up there for work, that was his entire point. There's no assignments to base shops. 9622 is currently at Grand Avenue, but it was not ASSIGNED to Grand, it's at their shops. As for your statement. That's what he responded to. 9510 was assigned to Grand Avenue's in-service fleet roster, but was not in service. There's no listing for Grand Avenue shops. 9622 is at Grand Avenue at their shops, not assigned to Grand Avenue. All the dude said was that it was there. That should have been left alone as is. If it entered service, we would have known that it was their bus for in-service use. There was no need for this big stink. We've had buses go in depots assigned, and out of those depots in short times before, this shouldn't be an issue. ------------------------- For anyone that wants an update on 9510, it's at the Cummins Service Center in The Bronx.
  42. 5 points
    Couldn't agree more. His "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please" was legendary.
  43. 5 points
    To clear up the 0023 confusion, it was assigned to Zerega for a few days, but it was actually at College Point and in-service. 9510 assigned to Grand Avenue.
  44. 5 points
    @+Young+ @Via Garibaldi 8 After watching that video, I sent a message to the Mayor's office requesting more strict regulation of these e-bikes. Don't know if it will help at all, but it can't hurt: https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/mayor-contact.page
  45. 5 points
    You didn't even mention BIE's, where we have to do the whole walkaround wherever it is. The conductor is only responsible for making announcements. I heard on the railroads, the engineer is the one who sits it out, and the conductors do everything. I wonder if that is supposedly holding true to the 'rule' of the conductor being in charge (though there's more than one conductor, but I'll guess one of them is over the others), and the subway changed the practice? Or perhaps that rule didn't apply to the railroads, and the engineer is the one “in charge”, and “in charge” is in the sense of a supevisory position rather that who has the most physical responsibilities? I myself always wondered why the lower paid man is said to be in charge, and as stated, we're responsible if we know a conductor is doing something wrong as well; but it seem they were only thinking about the conductor being able to immediately pull the cord for [obvious] improper operation, where we have less awarenes of what they're doing.
  46. 5 points
    3855 MHV to MCH. To all here at NYCTF. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays.
  47. 5 points
    If the MTA really wanted to get some good attention, they could start a "find an error in our messages and win a free metrocard " or something like that LOL
  48. 5 points
    College Point first, followed by Eastchester
  49. 5 points
    Never say never man, a northern extension to Jamaica would literally make foamers go wild.
  50. 4 points
    It makes no sense to implement a new bus network when riders VEHEMENTLY opposed the proposed changes, which is the case for the Queens proposals and the Bronx express bus proposals, which is why the agreed to have more meetings in Queens prior to the pandemic hitting to gather more feedback from the public, and shelved the Bronx express bus proposals until they revise them at a later date. Apparently no one on this forum has been following. You don't go out and make changes to a bus network that is going to impact peoples' lives for years to come in the middle of a global pandemic when ridership is down significantly as people work from home, etc. That's absurd. What troubles me at times about some posters on this forum is they forget that there are PEOPLE that use the service that would be impacted by any changes.
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